The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course lunch with wine accompanies the talks.

To book tickets call Katherine or Jenny on 01225 42 73 11 between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday. 

Tickets cost £62


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To coincide with the Bath Literature Festival, The Oldie moves from Simpsons to the

genteel surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.



Mark Ellen on Rock Stars Stole My Life.

Mark Ellen – music journalist and former Ugly Rumours bandmate of

Tony Blair – reveals the wilder moments of his 50-year long career in

the world of rock and roll. From Meatloaf's underwear to Chrissie Hynde's

French Onion soup, Ellen has seen it all...

Matthew Engel on Engel's England.

Wander through England, all 39 counties and one capital of it, with

Matthew Engel. 

Over his three year journey, Engel 'never had a dull day' nor 'met a county

I didn't love': truly, this is 'a celebration of the remarkable and continuing

distinctiveness of every part of England.

Mr Gwynne on Gwynne's Grammar and Gwynne's Latin.

'Happiness depends at least partly on good grammar,' claims Mr Gwynne.

Come and have your split infinitives corrected and find out just why

'Latin is "it", the most wonderful "thing", et cetera. 




Emma Bridgewater on Toast and Marmalade.

Peter Snow on To War with Wellington.

Stanley Johnson on Stanley, I Resume.  




We are delighted to announce our latest speakers....

Lady Antonia Fraser in conversation with Mark Lawson. 



Anthony Sattin on The Young T E Lawrence.

Author of numerous books on Egypt including A Winter on the Nile and

The Pharoah's Shadow, Anthony here turns a biographer's eye on T E Lawrence,

revealing the tumultuous early life of a shyarchaeology student who became

the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.  

Virginia Ironside on Yes! I Can Manage, Thank You!

After the success of No! I Don't Want To Join A Bookclub and No! I Don't

Need Reading Glasses, Virginia's 'Groovy Granny' Marie Sharp is back with yet

more age-related mishaps. As we know, Virginia prides herself on

growing old disgracefully.

Lady Antonia Fraser in conversation with Mark Lawson. 

Lady Antonia Fraser, biographer of Cromwell, Mary Queen of Scotts, James I

and Charles II will be talking about her two recent books, her childhood memoir,

My History and Must You Go: My Life with Harold Pinter, with broadcaster

Mark Lawson.




Andy McNab on the latest Tom Buckingham thriller.

The author first adopted the literary ‘codename’ Andy McNab in his account of his time

in the SAS, Bravo Two Zero, and has continued to use it for his popular fiction. 

He will be discussing his life, writing and the latest novel in his series about SAS trooper

Tom Buckingham.

Terry Waite on The Voyage of the Golden Handshake.

Waite has previously recounted his experience of being held hostage in Lebanon from

1987 to 1991 in Taken on Trust and Footfalls in Memory. His latest work is in a rather

different vein: a comic novel set aboard a cruise liner.

Wendy Cope on Life, Love and The Archers.

Poet Wendy Cope, author of Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Family Values, is

also a peerless prose writer. She will be speaking about her latest book, a collection

of recollections, reviews and other prose – and may be persuaded to read a

few short poems as well.




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